Careers resources for students

The Institute produces a number of resources to help school and college students make informed decisions about their future.

In addition to the resources listed below, more information can be found at and entry requirements for undergraduate physics degrees can be found at

Video Resources

The Institute have produced a collection of short films showcasing some exciting careers available to those studying physics to A-Level and higher. These clips which are suitable for classroom use link with the GCSE curriculum.

Ultrasound in Physiotherapy: Visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, whose physiotherapists make expert use of advances in medical physics, specifically ultrasound, to monitor their players’ physical well being.

Energy Efficiency in Architecture: Talking to architects as they explain how they ensure buildings are thermally efficient.

Solar Energy in Research and Industry: Accompanying a PhD student from Imperial College, Jess, as her research into photovoltaic cells takes her to Hawaii and back.

Forces and Motion in Games Programming: Developing video games with Naturalmotion, a company who develops physics computer engines which adhere to real world laws of motion.

Printed Resources

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This booklet is for students considering their choices post – 16. It contains information on what they can expect to study and careers from physics.

Expand: physics at A-level

Expand: physics at higher

Expand: physics at A-level (Welsh translation)

This booklet is for students considering their options at 18; it includes information about university and technical routes.

Next steps with physics

Next steps with physics (Welsh translation)

These posters illustrate how useful physics is for careers both in and beyond science.

Launch your life with physics


The IOP sits on the Tomorrow's Engineers careers advisory group, working with The Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers to develop careers resources to inform students about careers in engineering.

This booklet explores 12 areas of engineering and is aimed at students aged 14+. It includes information about useful subjects, job roles, industries, entry routes, salary ranges and useful websites for 12 engineering disciplines.

12 areas of engineering


This booklet provides information on vocational and apprenticeship routes into engineering.

Make a difference in the world

Access the full library of Tomorrow's Engineers career resources.


What's it actually like being an apprentice in a physics-related environment? Read our case studies to find out.

Related information

Other IOP websites

Your guide to physics on the web

Search for undergraduate physics courses in the UK and Ireland

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